Teams at the Top: Fayetteville-Manlius - 118.6, Saugus - 113.35, Padua - 102.2, Cardozo - 101.6
Runners with Hops: Claire Walters (FM) - 147, Sarah Trainor (FDR) - 133, Liz Bader (Padua) - 129, Grace Kaercher (FM) - 125, Kirsi Rajagopal (Harrison) - 121, Jackie Cascione (Saugus) - 120, Isabella Duarte (Saugus) - 119, Sophia Muccini (Benjamin Cardozo) - 118, Katie Cobos (Canandaigua) - 117, Phoebe White (FM) - 116, Sarah Grodin (Monticello) - 112, Hannah Kaercher (FM) - 111, Siena Muccini (Cardozo) - 111, Kathryn Altieri (Susan Wagner) - 110, Julia Pearson (Saugus) - 110, Anna Cleary (Padua) - 110, Amaya Aguilar (Saugus) - 108, Shayla Cruz (Saugus) - 108, Kate Sherman (Mohonasen) - 107, Rachael Mongeau (St. Raphael) - 106, Hannah Fredericks (Saugus) - 105, Maeve Gimbert (North Penn) - 104, Ishil Kirkhan (Cardozo) - 103
Overview: Like the boys, there is one race that seems to be deeper than any other Letter Race, and this is it. Some history in this race between the top contenders. Fayetteville-Manlius set the Meet Record 5-Man Average last year, en route to a National Title down the line. Claire Walters was the Eastern States Champion. However, they graduated four of that seven, and are in a rebuilding year. Making the trip for the first time is Saugus, CA, who knows FM well. Back in 2009/10, Saugus was a National Power, and still remains the best girls team to ever come out of California, and may have been the best team to not win an NXN Title. Manlius was the team that prevented that. And yet, Saugus too is rebuilding.
The team pair will do battle in this Letter Race, but Walters should be the individual favorite. Sarah Trainor and Liz Bader add some more individual talent to the race, and could have been race winners in a different Letter.